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IIoT for HART devices

Data from intelligent field devices helps in planning preventive maintenance work and helps to reduce downtime and lower maintenance costs. Before the plant operator can use them for process optimization, the data of all installed field devices must be made transparent and at the same time securely available.

Palm oil tank farms ready for digitalization

Direct integration of Profibus PA field level into Ethernet control systems has created transparency and consistency for a provider of palm oil tank farms. An integrated platform handles reporting and offers real-time transparency for total inventory management of both raw materials and finished goods.

Effective Plant Asset Management

In the spotlight: Softing joins Emerson’s DeltaV Alliance Product Program and extends intelligent device management across the field to islands of devices and out to the enterprise to remote subject matter experts.

Fieldbus Upgrade for HART Devices

Simple fieldbus integration without programming effort.

Mobile configuration of field devices in process industry

Digital, mobile, networked and standardized solutions are providing new connectivity for process control users to communicate via HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Profibus PA.

Diagnostics solution raises condition monitoring to a new level

In order to even further increase system safety when handling magnesium, the light metal foundry Leichtmetallgießerei Handtmann has equipped four new die casting machines with the PROFINET diagnostics solution TH SCOPE and TH LINK by Softing Industrial Automation.

PROFIBUS Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting with PROFIBUS Tester 5 gets machine back to 100% capacity in less than one hour.

Fit also in old age

Even modern fieldbuses like PROFIBUS are unable to maintain their perfect post-installation condition indefinitely. Some “aging“ is inevitable and this could eventually lead to bus faults and costly production losses. These problems can be avoided by continuously monitoring the PROFIBUS networks. The Softing solution deployed at the Aschaffenburg paper mill delivers benefits that receive the “thumbs up” from its staff.

Interface at the touch of a button

Typically, implementing a PROFIBUS PA field device means developing custom hardware and device-specific software, requiring in-depth PROFIBUS knowledge. However, there is a simpler solution.

Full control of communication and diagnostics at Audi

PROFINET standards for diagnostics and management are suited for acceptance testing and continuous monitoring of the network, along with functionality to carry out maintenance tasks. The premium car manufacturer Audi uses PROFINET for a wide range of communication control and maintenance diagnostics.

Stress Release

N. R. Spuntech Industries in North Carolina, USA, relies on a solution from Softing Industrial Automation to monitor a production line for fleece fabrics. This application report describes the advantages of the TH LINK PROFIBUS hardware in combination with the TH SCOPE diagnostic software.

Now everything runs smoothly

The safety of a plant is at risk if the data communication does not function reliably. A wastewater treatment plant in Colorado was looking for a replacement for problematic gateways. The live test from two different suppliers revealed significant differences.

PROFINET diagnostics: flying blind or efficient maintenance? Part 2

The plant’s life cycle and users involved are key factors to determine the required set of diagnostic tools and functionality needed.

PROFINET diagnostics: flying blind or efficient maintenance? Part 1

Diagnosing problems with PROFINET networks and other TCP/IP-based Industrial Ethernet systems raises technological and organizational challenges.

HART-IP solution communicates at Ethernet speed

It will play an important role in the Internet of Things for process plants in the future

HART-IP can be run on Ethernet or WiFi, and enables vertical data integration for field devices all the way to the control room. Access to process variables allows support for device parameterization and advanced diagnostics. It will also play an important role in the Internet of Things for process plants in the future.

Fast Implementation of PROFIBUS PA Transmitters

Trends in process automation in recent years have been moving towards the use of digital fieldbuses.

Trends in process automation in recent years have been moving away from proprietary and analog communication technology, and towards the use of digital fieldbuses which have many advantages. One of the most important is the widely used  PROFIBUS  fieldbus  with  its  PROFIBUS  Process Automation  (PA)  application  profile.

Double-Tube Tunnel Opens to Traffic

As part of the extension of the Pfändertunnel by a second tunnel tube, Evon GmbH was to bring the control technology and control room integration in the entire tunnel up to date. Due to the enormous amount of data to be transmitted, the Austrian company decided to use the Profibus-DP master stack from Softing.

Maximum Availability through Network Analysis

A breakdown of the fieldbus communication system can quickly become very expensive, particularly if it causes unplanned downtime of complex machinery like paper manufacturing facilities. The PROFIBUS Monitor (BC-502-PB) diagnostics tool for the continuous monitoring of PROFIBUS networks supports the early detection of potential failures.

Ethernet communication powers the steelworks

A PROFINET controller stack implementing Industrial Ethernet communications is the basis of an effective process control system for the steel manufacturer SSAB. The technology has provided an ability to deploy very large networks consisting of up to 150 field devices, including a number of drives, and operate at cycle times of 8 to 32 milliseconds even without exploiting the system's full performance potential.

Fast PROFINET device implementation in Windows

To fll the need for an implemented PROFINET interface in the automotive industry, Unglaube decided to integrate a PROFINET stack into their Data Matrix code reader system. The solution strengthens the company’s position in an important market, but also provides an excellent basis for future product innovations.

YTC goes FF

Young Tech Co., Ltd. (YTC), a leading positioner manufacturer in Korea, entered the growing fieldbus market when it rolled out a new FOUNDATION™ fieldbus (FF) H1 device: the YT-2500 Smart Valve Positioner. Fully certified, the new device provides a full range of FF functionalities. Thanks to Softing Industrial Automation’s FBK-2 Fieldbus Kit, the Korean technology pioneer was able to reduce development costs significantly

Harnessing Green Energy

FOUNDATION™ fieldbus: Control in the Field helps Nicaragua achieve its aggressive renewable energy agenda.

Foundation fieldbus right to the point

Following the market requirements, BIFFI, a manufacturer of valve actuators for petro-chemical applications decided to implement the Foundation fieldbus H1 communication protocol for its electric actuator ICON2000.


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